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Meeting Wednesday

We had 19 people this evening. Topics included handling change in life, particularly transition of mental health services. We discussed the difference in Bipolar I and II and the effects of taking Lamictal. There were some difficult discussions and also a lot of laughter tonight. As is often the case when the discussion takes a difficult turn, we had a quick check in at the end.

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Tonight’s Fortunes

Some of us get together for Chinese before the Wednesday night meeting.  Wednesday’s favorite fortune was:

Dwelling on the negative simply contributes to its power.

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Tonight’s Meeting

We started off with 17 people with a few new faces. Two more arrived during the meeting.

  • Three new books were donated to our library.
  • We had some Q and A from our members who have had ECT (electroconvulsive therapy).
  • Issues with isolation vs socialization.
  • Discussion of the positive benefits and the opportunity of adversity.
  • How sometimes even the smallest things can be enough to escape the depths of darkness and depression.
  • The impact (and sometimes lack thereof) of informing friends and employers of our conditions.
  • We also provided an opportunity for new people to talk individually about why they came.
  • Where one can get mental and physical health care in the area without insurance.
  • We are going to have a Saturday group from 4-6 pm. Keep an eye on the website for starting dates.
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    Tonight’s Fortunes

    We had some good ones tonight, even Nancy with whom it has become a running joke that she gets awful fortunes.

    Begin. The rest is easy.

    Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.

    Only by acceptance of the past can you alter it.

    There is nothing fin about a mistake, except its being taken as final.

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    Tonight’s Meeting

    21 people came to tonight’s meeting.

    Some of the things we talked about were:

    Mayor Terry Bellamy named May as Mental Health Month in Asheville. Some of our members were there to receive this proclamation on behalf of Magnetic Minds.
    How to deal with family devaluing you or being hypervigilant when including us in activities and in terms of monitoring our moods.
    How to meet other professionals who have depression and bipolar disorder.
    The stigma associated with mental illness.

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    Tonight’s Fortunes

    Our weekly pre-meeting Chinese dinner netted the following fortunes that we wanted to share:

    You must give up what you could lose in order to gain what you could not use.

    Q. What is H2O? A. Caring, 2 parts Hug, and 1 part Open-mind.

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